Friend finds body of missing man ejected from crashed car

Friend finds body of missing man ejected from crashed car
Nicholas Reding

Seth Bell and Nick Reding were “best buds.”

The two lived in the same village of Dane apartment complex and when Reding, 30, went missing on Aug. 4, Bell told News 3 Sunday he held out hope for the best.

“I was just hoping throughout the whole thing that we’d find something,” Bell said. “That he just ran off…or he just got sick of life and just needed to get out for a while.”

But after two weeks of searches, Bell realized in a heartbreaking way that wasn’t the case.

Bell said he found Reding’s red convertible and remains in a forested area off Highway K and Pheasant Branch Road in the town of Springfield Friday.

“I was looking for about 10 minutes,” Bell said. “I got a little tingle in the back of my neck and I flipped around and I went back and as soon as I went down Pheasant Branch, I saw just a little glimmer of red and that’s when I basically knew.”

Bell said while discovering his friend hurt, he was able to find some degree of peace.

“I’m kind of glad that I found him,” Bell said. “With everything that happened, it was a little bit of closure.”

Bell remembered Reding as a gregarious, kind man who made people smile.

“Everybody that knew him loved him, he was hilarious, always made like the funniest voices,” Reding said. “(His) Bill Cosby (impression) was the best.”

Reding leaves behind three young children. 

Friends said he would have turned 31 Monday. 

They said funeral arrangements have been made.

On Saturday, Dane County sheriff’s Lt. Kerry Porter said deputies responded to a report of a body and vehicle found several hundred feet off County Road K near Pheasant Branch Road.

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Saturday afternoon that the body found was of a man reported missing more than two weeks earlier. Nicholas G. Reding, 30, of the village of Dane, died of injuries suffered in a car crash.

Reding’s body was found at 4:08 p.m. Friday, the news release said.

A red 2000 BMW convertible was found, and the body that was found nearby appeared to have been ejected, the sheriff’s office said.

The final resting spot of the car wasn’t visible from the roadway, Porter said.

The death did not appear to be suspicious, Porter said.

On Aug. 9, the sheriff’s office said it was looking for Reding who had been missing since Aug. 4, according to a news release. The earlier news release said Reding may have been driving a red 2000 BMW convertible.